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Cascazilla - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,032 Ratings
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Ratings: 1032
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%


Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shippos on 07-14-2004)
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SLeffler27

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to rusty red with a dense, creamy beige head. There is a thin film of lacing marked by rings as the head follows each sip.

The aroma has pine resin with an orange background. This one is hop forward and spicy.

A Roosterfish pint glass contains this hoppy beer with moderate bitterness as anticipate from the aroma.
The malts are toasted, rounding out some sense of balance. The finish is long, subtle and earthy.

Chewy with well-tamed alcohol and modest carbonation. Cascazilla is rather clean and refreshing, reminiscent of a pilsner.

With lots of flavor, this one could easily be sessionable were it not for the high alcohol. As it is, it pairs well with meaty pasta.

Age is no friend to this beer, as is my experience with the bottled version.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2012 12:22:32 | More by SLeffler27
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried his beer out of a cask at the blue monk in buffalo. It was beyond words how good it was then, but my current review reflects my tasting from a growler poured at the brewery one day ago.

Appearance:
Dark reddish brown color with a fluffy tan head. There is no haziness. Unfortunately the head falls apart quickly once drinking commences, but enough of a halo is left to leave lines of sticky lacing down the inside of the glass.

Smell:
Sweet malt and cascade hops have me excited every time I drink this beer. There are undernotes of slight tomato, honey, and raisin. All of the sweetness of the malt is checked by pungent hops that make this beer exceptionally grapefruity as well. This is the definition of a fresh ale.

Taste:
The beer tastes remarkably fresh and clean. The bitterness gives ample bite and dryness, while the sweet malt sugars hit the taste buds and linger. This is seriously a beer I could imagine myself drinking all night and not being overwhelmed in the least.

Mouthfeel:
The beer provides great balance in respect to its bitter and sweet components. The body of this beer is a rich medium, but because of it's freshness it remains crisp and refreshing like a light beer. The alcohol is the most pronounced in this beer's aftertaste and it lingers along with the bittering cascade hops.

Overall:
This beer is my Ithaca go-to beer and has provided me with satisfaction every time I've consumed it. I have tried many beers trying to incorporate strong hoppiness with rich malt (ie. Black IPAs), but this one is obviously different from the others. For the affordability of this beer, I would say it's worth trying a six pack at least once. However, it is superior served in a cask or growler.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2011 21:29:46 | More by ThePorterSorter
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m1ked

California

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another growler from WF Bowery beer room.

A- Pours a clear dark bronzey coor with a hefty off white 4 finger thick foamey head that hangs around for a while. Some nice lacing too.

S- Starts off with piney hops for sure, some mild sweet grains. There is a little musty odor in there.

T- Like the nose starts off with piney, spicey hops, a touch of grapefruit zest. A gentle fade into mildly perceptable malt sweetness.

M- Mild bodied with a good amount of carbonation that in combination with the spicey hops gives a prickly sensation.

D- This is a nice hoppy red/amber- not a rel standout. I personally enjoy the malt biased ambers more. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys hoppier beers.

Serving type: growler

01-09-2010 21:53:33 | More by m1ked
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joepais

Maine

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Israel for the brew
Growler poured into my SA glass produced a big two finger off white head that went to a thick lace. Beautiful clear amber colored body on this brew with tons of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of fresh piney slightly floral Cascade hops filled my head. I guess this growler is good and fresh. The flavor is really well balanced between the hops and sweet caramel malts. There was a medium feel in my mouth and great carbonation for my tongue.

I really am starting to like these American Amber / Red Ale's it went down really easy, very sessionable. I would drink this if it was on tap in front of me at a bar and easily recommend it to any one who asked

Serving type: growler

04-11-2009 23:22:41 | More by joepais
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Tbn2

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler to point glass.

A-The body of the beer is a good looking reddish-brown/mahogany in color. Not much of a head to speak off; it just settles in a ring around the sides of the glass and laces intermittently.

S-First thing is hops; very fresh earthy smelling hops. There is a good presence of a malt as well; toasted grains, burnt sugar, and caramel.

T/M-Taste just like it smells. A good balance between hops and malt. Hops are very strong at first, thing the malt comes in and gives the beer a good balanced finish. Carbonation is nice and tingly.

Overall this is a good beer from one of my favorite New York State Breweries.

Cheers...

Serving type: growler

07-20-2008 17:35:28 | More by Tbn2
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TheBCrew

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous ruby red color with two fingers of off-white head. Head dissipates slowly leaving lots of lacing. Nice cascade aroma, plenty of citrus. Citrus flavor comes through with a good malt backbone that bring a nice balance. Finishes slightly sweet with a citrus twang still in there. Medium bodied with good drinkability.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2008 16:20:14 | More by TheBCrew
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Rudgers73

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from my Dinosaur BBQ growler.

A- 2 fingers of tan fizzy head. Crystal clear with very slight carbonation in a deep, saturated shade of reddish copper.

S- This smells AWESOME. So aromatic and rich. Sugary sweet in front of the hops. Citrus, grape, cherry...

T- Starts out round, full and sweet then disolves into a burst of mild hops. Undertones of sweet citrus throughout. It doesn't have that hop-bite, its a very well balanced beer.

D- Might be my favorite red ale... yup, it is...

Serving type: growler

10-10-2006 23:29:07 | More by Rudgers73
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cooter

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a growler from just outside Ithaca College, driven home, and refrigerated overnight; so not precisely tap. Dude at the pizza place/gas station said it was one of the first kegs, who knows if that's true.

First--wow. A radically new taste for me, my pirate friend and I decided it feels like an Indian Red Monster Ale. Kudos to the brewer for imagination.

First glance shows a deepest indian red, not very cloudy atall. Slight but persistent head, good lacing and miniscus foam but not much surface. Smells of IPA with mango-pineapple, pine, and a sweet, biting tinge. A slight swirl brights back a good deal of head.

First reaction to taste was that it has a very impressive flow of flavor, a spectrum that shifts extra-ordinarily from front to back. Reminiscent of a belgian in that taste "delta." Front is a lot like the nose, pine and pale-ale hops. The middle has to be imported from Ireland, it's so frikkin red it's got freckles. Very smooth turning into foamy/carbonated towards the end of the swallow. The finish allows the malt its fun, brings back some pineapple and introduces citrus, I think. Very fun to taste. Has a solid kick, the aftertaste is cloying the roof of my mouth and tastes burnt, but simultaneously piney and light. Peach seems to be present about midway through till the end.

Hell of a kick here, I'm 2/3 done with a 1/2 liter share of the growler, and it's slapping the bejeezus out of me. Not something I'd drink more than one of in a night, but hey--that's the point of creative brews. I keep wanting to take another swig to figure out the ever-elusive two or three tastes I can't name, but they don't come to me. This is a solid beer, and an excellent beer for a beer advocate; do you dig the distinction?

Serving type: growler

10-19-2004 00:26:20 | More by cooter
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before April. Picked up bottle from friends who had come to visit from NY. I see this beer around a lot, and I have had it before, so this is like coming back to HopDevil and giving a review. (Which I still need to do.)

Poured into a pint glass, Cascazilla displays an impressive three fingers worth of thick tan/peach colored foam on top of a hazy crimson colored beer. The head pops away and leaves a solid coating of lace on the side of the glass. Can you tell this beer is well-hopped??

Immediate whiff of citrus peel! It's very prominent, and is layered on top of butterscotch and baked bread, with maybe a hint of bubblegum and naval oranges. It has been dry-hopped with Cascade (duh) and Amarillo, and this makes the aroma that much more aromatic.

Cascazilla crosses the tongue with bitter oranges up front, sticky resinous hops, and a good balance of toasted bread in the finish. The finish is also accented by notes of orange peel and a lingering minty quality in the aftertaste.

Medium body, decent carbonation that lends a softer mouthfeel, and a serious bitter finish that coats your tooth enamel.

A very good beer, that is a solid example of the style, with an intense hop profile that steals the show, and enough malt to counter-balance the intense bitterness. Not terribly "drinkable" per se, since the alcohol is pretty high here, but it is good for a round or two. It would pair well with some carrot cake for sure!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 17:17:37 | More by MusicaleMike
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single poured into a porter glass. purchased last week from CJ's Doghouse in Lansdale. BB date...Decemeber...thanks again CJ's for selling me another old beer. upon further inspection there are plenty of floaters. since its not the fault of the brewer I will try to pretend the beer is within the BB date.

A-a hazy dark amber/ruby color. huge head with the pour but recedes quickly. nice lacing.

S-hops, sweet malts, some spices, grapefruit

T-caramel sweetness. hoppy. pine. the malt is more present here than most IPAs. hence the "Red." not that it makes but I approve

M-medium bodied. for the most part the same consistency as standard IPAs, but with a little more creamy feels.

O-maybe its bias since I grew up a half hour from Ithaca, but I really enjoyed this beer. despite the past BB date. I haven't had a ton of Red IPAs, but I enjoyed the added malt that was present. a ton of flavor and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 03:54:34 | More by Zetcha7x
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB April. Poured into a tulip glass, big thunderous head on this, tan and lightly copper. Beer itself is a dark rudy brown, very hazy, with some visible carbonation. Good head retention and lacing.

S - strong citrus aromas, ruby grapefruit, caramel syrup, rose florals, oranges, lots of lovely hoppy aromas, with some mouthwatering malty notes as well. Florals play a nice part and elevate the caramel malts, very inviting with a lot of aspects going on.

T - grapefruit juice, orange, cherries, toasted caramel, raisin bread, starts mild and unassuming before the plethora of hoppy citrus and caramel malts wash over the palate. Biscuit malts, and a decent rolling bitterness with citrus rind, and smooth carbonation (a bit astringent). Does a great job of melding the caramel sweetness and complexity with a solid hoppy profile, exactly what I would expect for this style and this one near hits it out of the park. I think with some different hops included this could be even better.

M - balanced, with a moderate full body, lots of caramel and bready malt with a moderate carbonation to carry through, finish is dry with a solid hop bitterness. Sessionable with a solid punch to it. No hint of alcohol astringency.

Well worth trying, really nice mix of flavours, all balanced really well, complexity opens up really well. Just a well put together beer that offers a very good example of what a Red IPA can be all about. Very nice, would have again. Cascade hops work really well here, citrus and florals come through strongly.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:25:18 | More by mick303
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dar482

New York

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark murky copper color.

The beer has a good bready malt and caramel sweetness. The hops are of red grapefruit, some piney hops, herbal qualities.

Well balanced, but slightly pushed back on the hops as in not being extremely hoppy. However, still a good beer with hoppy flavors and a nice malty body.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 04:40:11 | More by dar482
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Alchemist becher glass. Best before March (hopefully 2014).

Appearance- I can't say this beer looks nice. It's a cloudy/murky reddish brown with no real head and a mild ring of lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell- Fruit forward red. Caramel malts, stone fruits, light roast(?), smooth piney/floral hops.

Taste-Cascade all the way! Start is pure Cascade citrus/pine then the malt comes in smoothly and finishes with a slightly bitter stone fruit. No booze taste.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean, and real easy to drink. Medium-light bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall- Quite pleased with this brew. It's definantly no Flower Power, but it's a nice easy drinking hoppy red.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 18:54:52 | More by Seanniek91
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Mullinger1980

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy reddish amber. Aroma has toasty caramel, light citrus, raisin, and other dark fruits. Taste is sweet caramel and chocolate, plum, and light hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish. Overall, a delicious, well-crafted beer. The main drawback is the malt overwhelms the hop characteristics. There are some complex flavors here with roasted malts, fruity esters, and a nice hop mix.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 22:21:18 | More by Mullinger1980
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label is dated 2012 with a "Best By" of Sept.-Oct. If that is Oct. 2012 wow this is an old one. Only bought recently in a mixed six.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Nearly clear ruby amber, finger thick offwhite head receded to even surface foam and densly patterned lacing.

s: Mild pine hops.

t: Medium malt with definite hop balance. Hop presence may be muted by age but is still above average for an IPA..

m: Moderate.

o: A very good red IPA, tasty and drinkable. If this is really over a year old, I'm impressed with its staying power.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:35:29 | More by scotorum
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint sized pour at Cyber Cafe West in Binghamton, NY.

A - good looking beer, dark throughout, cloudiness pervades. Deep oranges, mostly brownish-red, very little head, recedes quickly. Light doesn't penetrate it very much.

S - very nice. The hop profile is nicely balanced with the sweeter malts and the spice. There's something savory here.

T - very nice too. Balanced is the first word that comes to mind, perhaps a little watery, but otherwise delicious. There's a big malt forward taste, but it moves quickly into some of the bittersweet character of the hops. Finish is light.

M - a little sticky, but otherwise good. This beer is balanced, but the balance gets a little bland at times. 7% is surprisingly high for the taste.

O - definitely a good beer, one of my favorite offerings by Ithaca so far. This one strikes a nice balance with its ingredients, rather than their other beers, in which certain ingredients tend to dominate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 18:55:43 | More by JamesShoemaker
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aaron72

New York

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i poured this beer into a goose island pint glass... it seemed like a fitting glass.

the appearance is cloudy & murky dark amber or reddish in color with a decent tan head. the head fades into a nice lacing on the glass. looks appetizing to me!

the smell is malty & sweet with some fruit.

i really dig this beer! Ithaca's beers have become some of my favorite session style beers! for me it has lots of balanced sweetness & hop character.

the mouthfeel draws me in sip after sip... smooth.

overall, cascazilla is not to big & not too small & they go down nice & easy. it's easy to drink but has some alcohol content. it seems to me like a good candidate to be enjoyed from a heavy pint glass!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:07:04 | More by aaron72
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Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pint glass.

A - brown with an offwhite two finger head. Frothy. nice spotty lacing left while drinking

S - All malt, some roasty caramel going on. not getting much of the hops at all. A tinge of chocolate too.

T - a malty espresso finish. Some earthy and soily hops but mostly dark malt. real drinkable, real tasty.

M - Slightly creamy. medium body.

Overall, for a red ipa. i was expecting a lot of malt which a got with a minimal amount of hopping. for the style this is a real nice brew. if i ever see this on tap somewhere i would get it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:46:53 | More by Glennlawless
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FLima

Brazil

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color with a foamy head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Nice citrus aroma with notes of pine, toasted malts, red fruits and caramel.
What a delicious flavor, balanced but still quite hoppy and malty. Notes of caramel, toasted malts, earthy, pine, floral and citrus hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste with its lingering taste and some hidden chocolate.
Medium body with natural carbonation. A bit sticky and hard to believe that it contains 7% abv.
So far Ithaca hasn’t disappointed me. This is a great beer, hoppy but caramel malt is very present in its flavor, not only giving body to sustain its hoppy profile.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 19:18:38 | More by FLima
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. gift from an Ithaca University grad. Label was a bit confusing, best by October (no year on the notching,) elsewhere on the label 2012 Ithaca. So...is this over a year old? We'll see.

Poured fairly enthusiastically, and was rewarded with a 2 finger foamy head, which only dissipated slightly during the drink. Lots of carbonation, amber copper coloring to the body. However, LOTS of floaties here, which the carbonation kept mixing around. Lacing was thick and foamy all the way down.

Was almost scared to take a whiff, but, surprise, surprise, nice hoppy smell with some sweetness from the malts. Checked the floaties again, yep, they're still there. Time for a swig.

Taste...not bad at all, getting nice maltiness on the top of the tongue mixed with hop bitterness on the back and sides. How'd they do that?

Mouth was a bit thin, and oddly enough, no tingling from the obvious carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer at all. Guessing that it must have been best by October 2013, since I cant't believe hop taste would have hung around for a year. Sediment finally settled (was a long drink), possibly malt? Have enjoyed this on draft in the past, and would have it again. Hopefully with less floaties.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 05:11:20 | More by MikeWard
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy brown, not really red at all, 1 finger of thin fizzy off white head. No lacing.
S - Big citrus, grapefruit and pine hop aroma, toasted bready malts, some caramel, dark dried fruits.
T - Taste is bold, kinda tart and sweet from the citrus and the malts, has a bit of floral mix as well.
M - Kinda soapy and sticky at the same time, but overall a medium feel.
O - A decent red IPA, but nothing I"d put in my top 5 for sure. The tartness is a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 18:22:23 | More by Omnium
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy reddish-copper with a finger of fluffy beige head. The head stuck around for a decent amount of time and left some nice lace rings behind. The nose has both malty and hoppy notes. Malt is featured in the flavor profile along with a touch of caramel. The finish is a bit of a downer; nevertheless, it is clean and slightly bitter.

This is a solid and very drinkable red, but can't quite compete with the top tier reds out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 05:48:51 | More by 57md
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emyers

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber-brown with a one inch fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Health dose of citrus/grapefruit and grassy hops up front. The malt kicks in next with caramel malt and toasted bready malts. Very nice balance between the hops and malt - they play quite well together.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but with a bit more grassiness. It's one of those things that can happen with cascade hops, and it throws the balance off a bit with this one. Still a very good flavor profile overall between the citrus hops and the well-developed malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: Very well done red IPA. Nails the malt-hop balance, which can be difficult to do well for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:23:48 | More by emyers
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Almost opaque dark red, really brown with red highlights. Two fingers of cream-colored head. Slick lacing, and decent retention.

S - Lovely hop nose off of this. Citrus, some peel. Toast and caramel malts, while we're at it, and possibly some piney hops. Fairly subdued overall, though; a balanced nose.

T - Whoa, heavy, heavy on the malts; caramel, toast or biscuit, even some sweet, dark fruitiness. But the hops...where did they go? All that was promised in the nose seems to be hiding. A little bit of fresh orange peel seems to be the only hops remnant.

M - Light and thin. No sting, but no oily residue, either. Hides the alcohol fairly well.

O - Yet another beer in my "I think I got ripped off with some old beer at Sunoco Aplus" series. The malts match exactly with what I'd expected from what Ithaca calls a "Red IPA." And honestly, if they left IPA off the bottle, this is a fine amber ale. But they didn't, and the hops are still present in the nose, but not so much the taste.

Thus, my overall will fall as an inbetween-er: for an amber ale, it's pretty tasty. For an IPA, it's a little disappointing. Yet again, I find myself hoping to get a fresh bottle and see if my opinion changes, or if this is just indicative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:57:53 | More by Roguer
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have no idea what this beer is going to smell or taste like. Until I grabbed this from the fridge, I didn't even know this was on the list. I landed this beer in a trade a few weeks ago, and it has been starring at me every time I open the fridge. I have never heard of the Ithaca Beer Company, either. This is the only beer from them on the list, which, after learning about their beers, is fine by me. They named their pale ale… well, they named it Pale Ale. They do have a clever name for their wheat beer, but this is apparently their most popular.

They also mention hop heads, which has me excited. Most red ales don't impress me. You need to take it to a double red to get me excited. However, they keep bringing up the hops. Fine by me. Bring it on. Cheers!

In the Glass: It looks like an American red ale. It has a nice copper color to it, and the beer produced a nice thin white head. The lace is pretty impressive, too. The beer is quite cloudy. Oh, and I just noticed some hop on the label. Fun!

Nose: Not a lot of hops in the aroma. There is a nice somewhat fruity finish. It's like a fruity spice. On a second whiff I am picking up some hoppy character. Not like a pale ale or an IPA, but there are some noticeable hops in there. Let's drink.

Flavor: Yeah, that has a TON of hop flavor. I would never know that was a red ale in a blind taste test. The hops are quite muted in the finish, though. The hops really start as soon as the beer hits your mouth, but as soon as you swallow the hops are gone.

Hang on… Sheryl is talking about the hops. She isn't a big fan of hops. One day!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice. It drinks like a good beer should. You would never know it was 7% ABV. If you want to get a true sense of the hops used in this, swish the beer around a little bit. The hops really come forward. The beer becomes overly carbonated when doing that, so be careful.

Aftertaste: Unless you move the beer around in your mouth a little bit, you aren't getting much in terms of an aftertaste here. It does have a nice drying thing going on… but nothing to write home about. If I lived in Ithaca, New York I would drink this stuff, but only as a daily drinking beer. It's not quite a session beer, but you could get away with it if you like hops.

This is the first, and maybe the last beer that I will have from the Ithaca Beer Company. I might need to chug a Ruthless Rye before I go to bed! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

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Cascazilla from Ithaca Beer Company
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